Senator Stabenow Returns Blue Slip for Nomination of Justice Joan Larsen to Serve on Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Friday, August 04, 2017

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced that she has returned the blue slip for Justice Joan Larsen’s nomination to serve on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. 


“Federal judgeships are lifetime appointments,” said Senator Stabenow.  “As part of my constitutional duty, I have consulted with Michigan’s legal community, reviewed Justice Larson’s background and qualifications and most recently, personally met with her.  My meeting with Justice Larson was productive.  I have returned the Senate’s procedural “blue slip” which will allow the nomination process to move forward with the Senate Judiciary Committee. I look forward to hearing more from Justice Larsen during her confirmation hearing in the Judiciary Committee and will continue to evaluate her nomination.”


It is part of the "blue slip" process -- a tradition of the Senate -- that home state Senators consent with moving forward before the Senate Judiciary Committee conducts a hearing and votes on the nominee.  Nominations approved by the Committee are then considered by the full Senate.


President Trump nominated Justice Joan Larsen to serve on the United States State Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  She currently serves as a Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court.